Rehearsals in full swing for Seven Brides ...

The brothers gather outside their cabin

Members of the Deanery Players are well into rehearsals for their next show Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. The Harrogate company presents the musical at Harrogate Theatre from Thursday March 22 to Saturday March 24.

Seven Brides is one of the great Hollywood musicals of the 1950s. It starred Howard Keel and Jane Powell.

It tells the story of Millie, who falls in love with Adam Pontipee, marries him and then discovers he lives with his six brothers and she is expected to cook, clean and run their home for them.

Millie’s plan to marry off the brothers provides the plot for the show and before the predictable happy-ending, there are moments of laughter, excitement and romance.

The score includes Going Courtin’, Bless Your Beautiful Hide, Wonderful, Wonderful Day and Spring, Spring, Spring.

“Since we announced the show there has been tremendous interest in our production. Everyone has a special memory of the film, especially the barn social dance,” said Kath Lunn, of the Players.

“Seven Brides ... has been a fun show to produce and rehearse. We hope our audiences will find the same enjoyment as the cast has done,” she said.

Playing the brothers are Daniel –Stephen Fisher; Gideon –John Bilton; Benjamin – Jonathan Sherwood; Adam – Chris Mooney; Caleb – Matthew Weilding; Frank – Ash Howard,

Milly and Adam will be played by Kayleigh Troupe and Chris Mooney.

Jane Powell and Howard Keel played the leads in the 1953 film and the songs were by Johnny Mercer.

Unusally Seven Brides for Seven Brothers was a film first and then became a stage show,

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers won the Academy Award for Best Scoring of a Musical Picture and was nominated for four additional awards

Performances will be daily at 7.30pm plus a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.

Tickets: 01423 502 116.

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